Copenhagen, Denmark (September 25, 2015)—Danish audio recordist Allan Holmberg recently wrapped work on the television show Rita and its miniseries spinoff Hjørdis. Here, he shares ways he used Sound Devices equipment for the job, and how he looks after it in extreme conditions.
“Because there was a need to write notes in a hurry, I decided to use the 788T and iPad combination,” says Holmberg, who favors Sound Devices’ 788T audio recorders and CL-9 linear fader controllers. “Although recording dialogue is my primary job, we also try to get as much ambience and effects as we can pick up during the shooting days. This is much simpler with the 788T, because it makes access to notes and metadata so easy.
“Many Danish film projects have limited budgets, and are typically shot in about 30 days, with no second unit. This requires as much versatility and mobility as possible.” Holmberg typically keeps his 788T packed in a sound bag on top of his sound cart, giving him the option to disconnect in a hurry. His cart is loaded with various monitors, batteries, boosters, and antennas, along with the Sound Devices’ CL-9 and an iPad. The 788T stays rigged so he can detach quickly from the cart, put on the harness, and shoot the next scene while mobile.
“The 788T won me over when I was working on a film titled In a Better Place,” adds Holmberg. “It was shot in several locations; in two or more places a day. While in Kenya we faced several challenges, including the heat and very fine dust. I ended up putting ‘spacers’ in the sound bag to maintain the flow of air around the 788T to help keep it cooler. The product’s rock-solid construction proved essential, as it performed very well in these extreme conditions.”